Mark Mazzetti with Others


Mazzetti, Mark, and Matt Apuzzo. "Deep Support in Washington for C.I.A.'s Drone Missions." New York Times, 26 Apr. 2015, A1. []

"[U]nwavering support from Capitol Hill is but one reason the C.I.A.'s killing missions are embedded in American warfare and unlikely to change significantly despite President Obama's announcement on [23 April 2015] that a drone strike accidentally killed two innocent hostages.... The program is under fire like never before, but the White House continues to champion it, and C.I.A. officers who built the program more than a decade ago ... have ascended to the agency's powerful senior ranks."


Mazzetti, Mark, and Carl Hulse. "Panetta Is Chosen as C.I.A. Chief, in a Surprise Step." New York Times, 6 Jan. 2009. []

"Leon E. Panetta, a former congressman and White House chief of staff, has been selected by President-elect Barack Obama to head the Central Intelligence Agency.... [T]wo senior lawmakers [Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV)] questioned why Mr. Obama would nominate a candidate with limited experience in intelligence matters.... Democratic officials said Mr. Obama had selected Mr. Panetta for his managerial skills, his bipartisan standing, and the foreign policy and budget experience he gained under President Bill Clinton."


Mazzetti, Mark, Nicholas Kulish, Christopher Drew, Serge F. Kovaleski, Sean D. Naylor, and John Ismay. "The Secret History of SEAL Team 6: Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines." New York Times, 6 Jun. 2015. []

"Once a small group reserved for specialized but rare missions, the unit ... has been transformed by more than a decade of combat into a global manhunting machine.... Team 6 has successfully carried out thousands of dangerous raids that military leaders credit with weakening militant networks, but its activities have also spurred recurring concerns about excessive killing and civilian deaths.... Team 6 pursues the highest value targets and takes on hostage rescues in combat zones. It also works more with the C.I.A. and does more clandestine missions outside war zones. Only Team 6 trains to chase after nuclear weapons that fall into the wrong hands."


Mazzetti, Mark, and Dan Levin. "Obama Administration Warns Beijing About Covert Agents Operating in U.S.." New York Times, 16 Aug. 2015. []

"The Obama administration has delivered a warning to Beijing about the presence of Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States to pressure prominent expatriates -- some wanted in China on charges of corruption -- to return home immediately, according to American officials."

[China/10s; GenPostCW/Gen/10s/15]

Mazzetti, Mark, and Salman Massod. "Pakistani Role Is Suspected in Revealing U.S. Spy’s Name." New York Times, 17 Dec. 2010. []

The CIA station chief in Islamabad left "the country on [16 December 2010] amid ... recriminations between American and Pakistani spies, with some American officials convinced that the officer's cover was deliberately blown" by Pakistan's Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence. U.S. officials said the "station chief had received a number of death threats since being publicly identified in a legal complaint sent to the Pakistani police this week by the family of victims of earlier drone campaigns." See also, Karin Brulliard, "Pakistani Intelligence Official Denies Agency Role in Revealing Name of CIA Station Chief," Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2010.

[CIA/10s/10; OtherCountries/Pakistan]

Mazzetti, Mark, and David E. Sanger. "Spy Chief's Choice to Step Back Feeds Speculation." New York Times, 5 Jan. 2007. []

According to colleagues and friends, "John D. Negroponte felt miscast" as DNI. Thus, "he agreed to ... trade a cabinet-level job for a subcabinet post." Negroponte leaves office "after only 19 months and with mixed reviews." A new intelligence bureaucracy was "created to solve the problems laid bare after the Sept. 11 attacks"; however, "Negroponte barely had time to get it running."


Mazzetti, Mark, Michael S. Schmidt, and Frances Robles. "Crucial Spy in Cuba Paid a Heavy Cold War Price." New York Times, 19 Dec. 2014, A1. []

The information Rolando Sarraff Trujillo gave the CIA "paid dividends long after Cuban authorities arrested" and imprisoned him. He "has now been released from prison and flown out of Cuba as part of the swap for three Cuban spies imprisoned in the United States" announced by President Obama on 17 December 2014. Before his November 1995 arrest, "Sarraff worked in the cryptology section of Cuba's Directorate of Intelligence and was an expert on the codes used by Cuban spies in the United States to communicate with Havana."

In his speech on 17 December, Obama said Sarraff "provided America with the information that allowed us to arrest the network of Cuban agents that included the men transferred to Cuba today, as well as other spies in the United States." A statement from the ODNI's said that information from "Sarraff -- the statement did not name him -- had helped the government arrest and convict several Cuban spies inside the United States." The convictions included DIA senior analyst Ana Belén Montes; former State Department official Walter Kendall Myers and his wife, Gwendolyn Myers; and members of the Red Avispa or Wasp Network [the "Cuban Five"] in Florida.

See also, Adam Goldman and Missy Ryan, "Spy Helped Unmask 3 Cuban Spy Networks, U.S. Officials Say," Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2014.

[CIA/10s/14; LA/Cuba; SpyCases/U.S./Gen]

Mazzetti, Mark, and Eric Schmitt. "C.I.A. Steps Up Drone Attacks on Taliban in Pakistan." New York Times, 27 Sep. 2010. []

According to U.S. officials, the CIA. "has drastically increased its bombing campaign in the mountains of Pakistan.... As part of its covert war in the region, the C.I.A. has launched 20 attacks with armed drone aircraft thus far in September, the most ever during a single month, and more than twice the number in a typical month.... Over all the spy agency has carried out 74 drone attacks this year, according to the Web site The Long War Journal, which tracks the strikes. A vast majority of the attacks -- which usually involve several drones firing multiple missiles or bombs -- have taken place in North Waziristan." See also, Greg Miller, "CIA Steps Up Drone Attacks in Pakistan Amid Fear of al-Qaeda Terror in Europe," Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2010.

[CIA/10s/10; MI/Ops/Afgh/10]

Mazzetti, Mark, and Scott Shane. "Data Show Bin Laden Plots; C.I.A. Hid Near Raided House." New York Times, 5 May 2011. []

"The C.I.A. had Bin Laden's compound under surveillance for months before American commandos killed him in an assault" on 1 May 2011. "Observing from behind mirrored glass, C.I.A. officers used cameras with telephoto lenses and infrared imaging equipment to study the compound, and they used sensitive eavesdropping equipment to try to pick up voices from inside the house and to intercept cellphone calls. A satellite used radar to search for possible escape tunnels.... [See also, Greg Miller, "CIA Spied on bin Laden from Safe House." Washington Post, 5 May 2011.]

"The aggressive effort across the intelligence community to translate and analyze the documents seized from the hide-out has as its top priority discovering any clues about terrorist attacks that might be in the works. Intelligence analysts also were scrubbing the files for any information that might lead to identifying the location of Al Qaeda’s surviving leadership." [See also, Joby Warrick, "Al-Qaeda Data Yield Details of Planned Plots," Washington Post, 5 May 2011.]

[CIA/10s/11; Terrorism/10s/11]

Mazzetti, Mark, and Scott Shane. "Fired C.I.A. Officer Denies Role in Leak." New York Times, 25 Apr. 2006. []

Ty Cobb, the attorney for fired CIA official Mary O. McCarthy, said on 24 April 2006 that "his client had never been granted access to the information she was accused of leaking, referring to material used in Pulitzer Prize-winning articles in The Washington Post about C.I.A. prisons.... [I]ntelligence officials have said that ... Ms. McCarthy ... was dismissed for a 'pattern of conduct' and not for a single leak."


Mazzetti, Mark, and Scott Shane. "Interrogation Memos Detail Harsh Tactics by the C.I.A.." New York Times, 17 Apr. 2009. []

On 16 April 2009, the Justice Department made public detailed memos describing "the methods approved by the Bush administration for extracting information from senior operatives of Al Qaeda.... The interrogation methods were authorized beginning in 2002, and some were used as late as 2005 in the C.I.A.'s secret overseas prisons." At the same time, President "Obama said that C.I.A. officers who were acting on the Justice Department's legal advice would not be prosecuted, but he left open the possibility that anyone who acted without legal authorization could still face criminal penalties."

Carrie Johnson and Julie Tate, "New Interrogation Details Emerge: As It Releases Justice Dept. Memos, Administration Reassures CIA Questioners," Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2009, adds that officials said "they would provide legal representation at no cost to CIA employees subjected to international tribunals or inquiries from Congress. They also said they would indemnify agency workers against any financial judgments."


Mazzetti, Mark, and Scott Shane. "Watchdog of C.I.A. Is Subject of C.I.A. Inquiry." New York Times, 11 Oct. 2007. []

CIA Director Gen. Michael V. Hayden "has ordered an unusual internal inquiry into the work of the agency's inspector general, whose aggressive investigations of the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation programs and other matters have created resentment among agency operatives." Current and former officials speaking on condition of anonymity "said the inquiry was being overseen by Robert L. Deitz, a trusted aide to the C.I.A. director and a lawyer who served as general counsel at the National Security Agency when General Hayden ran it. Michael Morrell, the agency's associate deputy director, is another member of the group, officials said."

[CIA/00s/07; CIA/Components/DCIA]

Mazzetti, Mark, and Sheryl Gay Stolberg. "Wider Briefing for Lawmakers on Spy Efforts." New York Times, 18 May 2006. []

On 17 May 2006, NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander provided classified briefings to the full committee of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the adminsistration's "controversial domestic eavesdropping program."

[NSA/00s/06; Oversight/00s]

Mazzetti, Mark, Robert F. Worth, and Eric Lipton. "Bomb Plot Shows Key Role Played by Intelligence." New York Times, 31 Oct. 2010. []

Two packages containing homemade bombs moved through "four countries in at least four different airplanes -- two of them carrying passengers -- before they were identified in Britain and Dubai" after a "tip from Saudi Arabia's intelligence service.... The foiling of the package plot was a significant success.... It was also a sobering reminder to officials around the world that quick response to timely intelligence rules the day.... But the plot also points up holes in the system, particularly the security of cargo flights."


Mazzetti, Mark, and Jeff Zeleny. "Next Chairman for Intelligence Opposed War." New York Times, 2 Dec. 2006. []

Incoming House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has named Texas congressman Silvestre Reyes to be the next chairman of the House intelligence committee. Reyes is "a former Border Patrol agent and Vietnam combat veteran." He "voted against authorizing President Bush to go to war with Iraq." In September 2006, he "blasted the White House's justifications for the National Security Agency wiretapping program." Reyes taks over "a committee that in recent years has become one of Congress's most dysfunctional and partisan panels."

[GenPostCW/00s/06; Oversight/00s/06]

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